Fashion for Women Aviators

This article is a departure from the norm at First Super Speedway. Published on December 17, 1909 in the Indianapolis Star the article discusses the introduction a line of women's "aerial attire" by Mrs. Joseph Curzon whose husband stored his Henri Farman-designed airplane at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Identifying a market opportunity to sell to the ladies of the day, Mrs. Curzon designed a line of clothing described in the article. What I think is interesting is that people didn't know what to make of airplanes. It may seem naive today but what appears to be a logical conclusion in the context of the times was that people might own airplanes much as they did automobiles. Many imagined a skyline filled with the average Joe or Jane flying about in their plane to the grocery store.
To this point Mrs. Curzon is quoted:
"First of all, I believe that women will soon be flying in their own ships just as they now do in their automobiles. Of course nervous and hysterical women will never attempt such capers in the clouds, but brave women like myself will not hesitate."
Curzon described her outfit as a one-piece with a hood. Specially tailored to air flight she did not see the garmet as something women would want to wear every day. She also described it as tight-fitting with bloomers taking the place of a skirt. The bloomers ran down to the knees which were met by leggins. She advised that women also wear fur-lined gloves and high shoes.
The article reports that Mrs. Curzon had ambitions to fly and that a plane was being constructed for her at the Speedway. Mrs. Curzon was also an actress as the article notes that she had appeared recently at "The Grand," apparently a stage theater in Indianapolis.

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